Sponsored by Eric Aroesty, C’92

Come see the Finalists pitch live at the Startup Showcase!

April 27, 2018

Jon M. Huntsman Hall

Startup Challenge Semifinalist Peerlift

Peerlift is the first student-led opportunities platform and 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization ever created, reducing the search for high school opportunities from hours to minutes. We profile a proven group of scholarships, summer programs, awards, study abroad programs, college fly-ins, and internships, ensuring they meet our standards and offer financial aid.

How did you come up with this idea?

During high school, we would spend countless hours on Google searching for scholarships, summer programs, and more, struggling to find the opportunities to make college affordable and a reality in the first place. As first-generation Asian Americans whose families had no experience with American education or let alone college admissions, it was even more difficult for us to navigate the process. We saw that there was an gap between the incredible resources available to low and middle income students, and the students’ knowledge of these opportunities. Peerlift was founded from that gap. There are 15.1 million students who are searching for opportunities in the United States, and Peerlift will be the resource they love and share.

How will your venture change the world?

Our venture will change the world by connecting motivated students to life-changing opportunities, democratizing college access in the United States. We want every single student to benefit from our platform whether that be furthering their love for business at a summer program, learning Arabic from the NSLI-Y study abroad program, or winning $20,000 from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Peerlift makes college a reality, ensuring that students feel confident in their skills to further their scholastic careers regardless of their socioeconomic status.

COMPETING TEAM:

Sravya Alla, W’21
Julie Chen, ENG’21, W’21

Fun Facts:

  • Sravya: With every unique name comes a unique spelling. Sravya is no exception: on Microsoft Word, her name autocorrects to “gravy.”
  • Julie: I’m super afraid of sharks, but I once swam with and pet whale sharks!

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